A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
No specific educational content, but kids will learn important lessons about friendship and believing in yourself.
A teen overcomes his fears of being in the spotlight and finds the self-confidence to come out of his shell.
Positive Role Models
Parents are involved and supportive. Poole's actions sometimes seem self-serving and manipulative (for example, he uses Pete's hopes for a date with his sister as leverage to persuade him to secretly take over as mascot), but he owns up to his mistakes, makes amends with Pete, and becomes his biggest supporter.
Violence & Scariness
Some comic pratfalls, and a cheerleader suffers a bloody nose after a collision with a basketball player.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some mild flirting between teens, and one innocent kiss.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this entertaining, squeaky clean Disney TV movie has plenty of positive messages. Pete's journey from uncertainty to self-confidence is an excellent example for tweens struggling with their own identity woes, and the movie offers lots for parents and their kids to discuss about friends and peer pressure. Content-wise, there's little to worry about aside from some mild flirting that results in a brief kiss. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Anyone who's ever faced an identity crisis will find a hero in Pete, and Disney veteran Dolley's performance as the uncertain teen makes it easy to root for this lovable underdog. This movie's premise could easily be cheesy enough to put parents off, but the talented young cast makes the story surprisingly enjoyable for a range of age groups.
Entertainment value aside, HATCHING PETE also offers substance for its family -- and especially tween -- viewers. Strong messages about self-respect, self-confidence, friendship, and honesty permeate the storyline, making it a great tool for jumpstarting family discussions on social issues that affect kids and tweens. And Pete and Angela's developing relationship is cast in a positive light, reminding kids that, in the end, the most effective way to earn people's respect is to just be yourself.
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